An “Official History” of Portuguese Democracy? | opinion

On the pages of this newspaper, João Miguel Tavares (JMT) complained that “most Portuguese have no idea who Marcelino da Mata was”, who died days ago at the age of 80. After all, according to the JMT, he was the “best decorated soldier in the Portuguese army” for acts that were (and only) committed during the colonial war, and Vasco Lourenço, who knew him well, claims to have been “war crimes” (PÚBLICO, 19.7 .2018). JMT limits itself to saying that “it is very likely that such crimes have occurred. I don’t know exactly what they were, but I don’t really know either. “It is natural: as none of those responsible for the massacres in Batepá (1953), Pidjiguiti (1959), Mueda (1960), Luanda (1961) and northern Angola (the counter-massacres of 1961), Wiryamu and four other villages (1972)) never tried), just to name the most famous, it would be surprising to know, on the contrary, what Marcelino da Mata was doing. JMT is interested in saying that “his profile is triple uncomfortable for what was imposed as the official narrative of the Estado Novo, the colonial war, decolonization or the April conquests” because he was “a black man who participated in the Side the US fought “Portuguese in the colonial war; a hero of the Estado Novo; A soldier who was brutally beaten by extreme left military personnel associated with the MRPP in Lisbon and is already fully democratic. It’s a triple discomfort, triple silenced. “